City and County issue reopening plans and guidance effective June 23, 2020

On June 18, 2020, the City of Columbia and Boone County issued rules and regulations for Reopening Plan – Phase 2, Step 3. The orders will go into effect on June 23, 2020.

Click here to read the City of Columbia Order.

Click here to read the Boone County Order.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the orders.

For more guidance for businesses, click here to read The Road to Reopening: Guidance for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic published by the City of Columbia and Boone County Public Health and Human Services.

CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 BUSINESS RESOURCES

LOCAL RESOURCES

The City of Columbia and Boone County have issued orders for Reopening Plan – Phase 2, Step 3, effective June 23, 2020. Click here for more information.

The City of Columbia and Boone County have issued orders for Reopening Plan – Phase 2, Step 2, effective May 26, 2020. Click here for more information.

The City of Columbia and Boone County have issued orders for Reopening Plan – Phase 2, Step 1, effective May 4, 2020.  Click here for more information.

The City of Columbia offers current COVID-19/coronavirus information and resource links at https://www.como.gov/coronavirus/ The City of Columbia Contact Center is available at 573-874-2489.

The Columbia Chamber of Commerce offers updates and business resources at https://columbiamochamber.com/resources/covid-19-resources/

The Missouri Women’s Business Center offers help and resources at http://mowbc.org/covid-19-resources/

The City of Columbia Housing Programs Division’s Microenterprise Recovery Loan Program is no longer accepting applications at this time. This program provided fully forgivable loan for qualified local microenterprises with 5 or fewer employees.  Applications opened Wednesday, April 15th. For more information, visit opens in a new windowhttps://www.como.gov/community-development/neighborhoods/housingprogramsdivision/microenterprise-recovery-loan-program/

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau offers information on local resources as well as information for visitors and Columbia’s tourism partners at https://www.visitcolumbiamo.com/ 

The District provides a list of businesses open, closed and/or offering curbside pickup at https://discoverthedistrict.com/events/event/district-businesses-open-closed-and-curbside-pickup/

The Loop provides a list of Loop business who are providing food delivery, curbside pickup, phone consultations and online shopping at http://theloopcomo.com/list-of-business-providing-delivery-and-other-options/ Additional information is available at http://theloopcomo.com/

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and Verizon has provided several rounds of grants to WMBE businesses facing immediate financial pressure because of COVID-19—especially entrepreneurs of color, women-owned businesses and other enterprises in historically underserved communities. Please list Rural LISC and CMCA as the referral entity (these are our local entities). To register to be alerted to future rounds of funding please visit at https://www.lisc.org/covid-19/small-business-assistance/small-business-relief-grants/

opens in a new windowCoMoHelps ( opens in a new windowhttps://comohelps.org/ ) is a joint effort of Heart of Missouri United Way, City of Columbia, Boone County, and Community Foundation of Central Missouri to coordinate monetary donations and volunteers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Great Circle is here for our community.  If you know of anyone who may be struggling with the uncertainty of this time, please share our GCHelps line at 1-844-424-3577.  Callers will be triaged and immediately connected to an appropriate Great Circle clinician. This service is available to anyone of any age as part of our Community Counseling program.

MISSOURI RESOURCES

The Missouri Chamber of Commerce offers resources at https://mochamber.com/, and its Uniting for Recovery Return to Work Guide at https://mochamber.com/returntowork/

MOSourceLink offers a list of business resources at https://www.mosourcelink.com/l/coronavirus-business-resources, and a page specifically for small business financing during COVID-19 at  opens in a new windowhttp://mosourcelink.com/covid-financing. MOSourceLink offers Resource Network Zoom meetings every Thursday at 10:30 a.m., at opens in a new windowhttps://umsystem.zoom.us/j/754940742, Meeting ID: 754 940 742

The Missouri Small Business Development Center offers resources at https://sbdc.missouri.edu/sbdc-covid-19-resources

Missouri State resources for businesses can be found at opens in a new windowded.mo.gov/coronavirus 

The State of Missouri is seeking manufacturers that would like to make personal protective equipment (PPE), or have available PPE to sell. For more information, visit https://ded.mo.gov/howtohelp

opens in a new windowhttps://jobs.mo.gov/ is State of Missouri resource for individuals that may have lost a job, or looking for new employment. Employers that need to fill positions with qualified workers can also use this site to connect with job seekers. All services are available to job seekers and employers at no cost. The best way to access these Missouri Job Center services during this time is online: opens in a new windowhttps://jobs.mo.gov/

The Missouri Department of Economic Development’s One Start Team hiring portal for people looking for jobs can be found at opens in a new windowhttps://missourionestart.com/now-hiring/  To include your business’s job postings on this list, email to opens in a new windowshelle.jacobs@ded.mo.gov your company name; location of position; company contact with email address; if individual should apply directly to company website to apply (if yes, provide link if possible); if resume needs to be sent and if email of company contact to send it to; position(s) for which the company is hiring (manufacturing, call center, etc); shifts for which are being hired; full-time, part-time or both.

MOSourceLink offers a list of business resources at https://www.mosourcelink.com/l/coronavirus-business-resources, and a page specifically for small business financing during COVID-19 at  opens in a new windowhttp://mosourcelink.com/covid-financing.

Missouri Enterprises offers information COVID-19 Information for Manufacturers at https://www.missourienterprise.org

The Missouri School Boards Association has published recommendations for re-opening schools, Pandemic Recovery Considerations.

U.S. RESOURCES

Information about the SBA Paycheck Protection Program can be found at: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options/paycheck-protection-program

SBA Disaster Loan process information is available at  opens in a new windowhttps://covid19relief.sba.gov/#/  Small businesses can apply now to get a $10,000 cash advance if they qualify for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).  If they do qualify for the EIDL, but then also qualify for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), they then can apply for it and roll the EIDL into the PPP loan.  Businesses can have multiple SBA loans without penalty.  The U.S. Small Business Administration is has made available Coronavirus (COVID-19) Disaster Relief Lending. The Economic Injury Disaster Loan assistance declaration issued by the SBA  makes loans available statewide in Missouri to small businesses and private, non-profit organizations to help alleviate economic injury caused by the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Applicants will be able to apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at opens in a new windowhttps://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Read more at https://www.columbiaredi.com/sba-approves-disaster-declaration-for-missouri/  The Women’s Business Center (573-818-2980) and the Small Business Development Center ( opens in a new windowchristianma@missouri.edu) can help with these applications.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce unveiled its opens in a new windowSave Small Business Initiative to address the immediate needs of the small business community, mitigate closures and job losses, and mobilize support for long-term recovery in the wake of the economic destruction of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Chamber Foundation is supporting the supplemental financial assistance by launching their  opens in a new windowSave Small Business Fund. Funded by contributions from corporate and philanthropic partners, the U.S. Chamber Foundation will be providing $5,000 supplemental grants to small employers in economically vulnerable communities. Applications for the Save Small Business Grant Fund will open Monday, April 20 at 3 p.m. ET.  There are several eligibility requirements which can be found  opens in a new windowhere.  For more information on the Save Small Business Grant Fund including qualifications, the application process and FAQs, please  opens in a new windowclick here.

The U.S. Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship offers information and links to resources at https://www.sbc.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/guide-to-the-cares-act.  U.S. Senator Roy Blunt offers coronavirus crisis resources at https://www.blunt.senate.gov/coronavirus. U.S. Senator Josh Hawley offers coronavirus crisis resources at https://www.hawley.senate.gov/coronavirus

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) offers an explanation of the Expanded Medical Leave program that was part of the Families First Coronavirus Bill at https://www.nfib.com/content/legal-compliance/coronavirus/coronavirus-paid-sick-leave-and-expanded-family-leave-law-effective-april-1-2020/

The CDC website can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/

 

 

Call the Missouri Department of Health and Human Services 24-hour hotline at 877-435-8411, if you are need of immediate help.

 

Letter from the REDI Chair

REDI Board of Directors and Investors,

This is an unprecedented time. In the last few months, an emerging health crisis has swept across the world and exploded here at home in only the last few days.  Just last week at the REDI Board meeting we were talking about our region’s strong economic future, and even though today seems like chaos, the fundamentals of what makes us a strong, resilient economy are as bright as ever.

The REDI collaboration is made up of our colleagues, our friends and our neighbors.  We are strong because we are a community dedicated to helping everyone thrive, especially in a time of need. We are resilient because when the chips are down, that’s when we work the hardest.

The REDI Executive Committee has been in close contact with Stacey and her team and we are dedicated to supporting them as they continue to pursue REDI’s mission:

To assist in the creation of quality job opportunities that support
upward economic mobility for the residents of Columbia and Boone County.

 What does that mean for us?  Although the REDI offices are closed to the public, the REDI staff is working remotely and will continue to serve our investor organizations, Innovation Hub clients and the region’s businesses. REDI is uniquely situated to help our investors and business community jump-start our economy as it emerges from this crisis. REDI’s vision and strategic plan will be the blueprints we need to build up our community. We will pursue high-paying jobs by attracting new companies to locate here, growing our existing companies, and supporting our entrepreneurs as they create our next generation of successful businesses.

We have an amazing, persistent and tenacious community.  This crisis may knock some of us down, but there are hundreds of hands there to help pick us back up. Please look for opportunities to help the less fortunate in our community by donating time and resources to the charity of your choice. We will continue to update our investors as we have information that we can use to weather this storm.  It is my firm belief that we will look back at this time of challenge as the time we did our best work.  Thank you.

Matt Jenne
Chair, REDI Board of Directors

 

printable file of letter from REDI chair

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City and County issue reopening plans and guidance effective May 26, 2020

On May 21, 2020, the City of Columbia and Boone County issued rules and regulations for Reopening Plan – Phase 2, Step 2. The orders will go into effect on May 26, 2020.

Click here to read the City of Columbia Order.

Click here to read the Boone County Order.

Click here to read Frequently Asked Questions about the orders.

For more guidance for businesses, click here to read The Road to Reopening: Guidance for businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic published by the City of Columbia and Boone County Public Health and Human Services.